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Thursday, June 23, 2022
Nearly 450 volunteers cleaned up 20 neighborhood sites, 15 parks and more than 56 miles of roadway as part of a community-wide clean up organized by NeighborWorks Great Falls and United Way of Cascade County. The two nonprofits partner as part of NeighborWork’s CommUNITY Clean Up and United Way’s Take Pride in Our Parks events.  Businesses, including D.A. Davidson Company, General Mills, Great Falls Public Schools, Northwest Farm Credit Services…
Friday, June 17, 2022
United Way of Cascade County announced that it will invest $1,143,183 to advance bold goals in education, financial stability and health.  Thanks to last fall’s record-breaking campaign, United Way will help 31,133 people in the coming year through the local programs receiving grants alone. And its community impact work touches everyone living in Cascade County. The annual United Way campaign aims to make it easy for people and businesses to…
Friday, March 4, 2022
United Way of Cascade County announced Thursday that it raised $1,236,575, exceeding its goal to beat last year’s record-setting campaign.  “The Great Falls community is very generous in investing in our work,” United Way President Gary Owen said. “Donors want and deserve to know that their gifts are making a difference. We have demonstrated dramatic impact to individuals through the great programs we help fund as well as at the community level…
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Cascade County will receive $76,943 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency and ARPA. Cascade County organizations that provide emergency food and shelter are encouraged to apply for funding under this program.  The funding includes $18,809 from the federal government’s emergency food and shelter program and an additional $58,134 available…
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
United Way of Cascade County’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program recognized more than 300 senior volunteers who volunteered 13,154 hours last year at nonprofits and government agencies.  The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program partners with more than 70 local nonprofits and agencies to provide volunteers, but last year many agencies were closed or restricted the number of people coming in and out to protect both volunteers and the people…
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Jimmy Hendon was given his first drink at age 2. At 14, he drank to erase his shyness. By the time he joined the Air Force and moved to Montana, his drinking was a big enough issue for him to land in rehab for the first time. As the years went on, Hendon was drinking daily, which he hid from his wife and three children. Alcohol controlled his life. He grew angry and jealous to the point that after a fight with his wife he grabbed his guns and…
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
United Way of Cascade County announced that it will invest $1,099,214 to advance bold goals in education, financial stability and health.  Thanks to last fall’s campaign, United Way will help 32,266 people in the coming year through the local programs receiving grants alone. And its community impact work – initiatives like Graduation Matters – touches everyone living in Cascade County. The annual United Way campaign aims to make it easy for…
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
A private family foundation has donated $125,000 to Opportunities Inc. to be given as $1,000 checks to 125 local individuals and families struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Called Essential Funds for Essential Needs, the program is open to anyone living in Cascade County who can demonstrate direct financial hardship due to the current pandemic-related economic conditions. There isn’t an income threshold, but applications will be…
Monday, August 30, 2021
United Way of Cascade County launched its annual fundraising campaign Sunday, setting a goal of raising $1,222,000 this year, which would set a new record and grow the campaign by 2.7 percent above last year’s $1.19 million total. With the money raised in last year’s campaign, United Way supports 28 local nonprofit programs and invests in community impact work to improve education and increase on-time graduation, help more families become…
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Hundreds of people donated thousands of supplies to local kids Thursday through United Way’s 12th annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive. Great Falls givers stuffed three school buses with 10,998 much needed items, including 295 backpacks, 2,037 notebooks, 1,028 packs of pens and pencils and 1,857 boxes of crayons, markers and colored pencils. An additional $4,500 was donated in cash and gift cards, which was used to buy additional supplies…